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Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

A television newswoman picks up the story of a 1960s rock band whose long-lost leader - Eddie Wilson - may still be alive, while searching for the missing tapes of the band's never-released album.

Director:

Martin Davidson

Writers:

Martin Davidson (screenplay), Arlene Davidson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Eddie and The Cruisers perform in the music video "On the Dark Side" from the original motion picture soundtrack to Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) recorded for CBS Records. The band performs... See full summary »

Stars: John Cafferty, Michael Paré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Frank Ridgeway
Michael Paré ... Eddie Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Doc Robbins
Matthew Laurance ... Sal Amato
Helen Schneider Helen Schneider ... Joann Carlino
David Wilson ... Kenny Hopkins
Michael 'Tunes' Antunes Michael 'Tunes' Antunes ... Wendell Newton
Ellen Barkin ... Maggie Foley
Kenny Vance Kenny Vance ... Lew Eisen
John Stockwell ... Keith Livingston
Joe Cates Joe Cates ... Lois
Barry Sand Barry Sand ... Barry Siegel
Vebe Borge Vebe Borge ... Gerry Rivers
Howard Johnson Howard Johnson ... Wendell's Replacement
Joey Balin Joey Balin ... Eddie's Replacement
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Storyline

They say rock 'n' roll never dies, but one early morning in 1964, Eddie Wilson's car took a dive off a New Jersey bridge with the troubled rock idol at the wheel. His body was never found. Twenty years after the lead singer of Eddie and the Cruisers disappeared, the band's songs are hotter than ever. And renewed interest in the band leads television reporter Maggie Foley to pursue a tantalizing mystery: What if Eddie is still alive? The circumstances surrounding his death are just shadowy enough to make it a distinct possibility, and someone (could it be Eddie?) has been ransacking the homes of the surviving band members in a desperate search for tapes of the group's visionary, never-released album. As Maggie interviews the former band members, the pieces of the puzzle start to fit - but only until still deeper mysteries begin to surface. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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In 1964, Eddie Wilson had it all. He had genius. He had vision. He had the hottest rock n' roll band in the country. Then, suddenly one night, his car went off a dark New Jersey bridge. His body was never found. But his dream was never lost. And twenty years later, the mystery of Eddie Wilson begins to unravel. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie i krazowniki See more »

Filming Locations:

Highlands, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,444,886, 25 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,786,789
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aurora See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The 18th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud and his poetry are discussed in a few scenes of the film, and influence the band's final album, which is also named after a collection of Rimbaud's. Whether intentionally or coincidentally, star Michael Paré resembles Rimbaud himself quite a little. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Joanne are shown driving into the Lincoln Tunnel, it is supposed to be 1964, yet a pictographic "steep grade" warning sign (a picture of a truck headed down a triangular shape) is seen mounted on the entrance to the tunnel. Pictographic warning signs were not in use on United States roads in 1964; rather a sign warning "Steep Grade" in text would have been posted. See more »

Quotes

Sal Amato: [the band is at Benton College where Frank graduated from] Hey, Wordman, this shindig tonight. How are we suppose to dress?
Frank Ridgeway: Hey, wait a minute. What is the big deal? We've played at colleges before.
Eddie Wilson: Yeah, sure, we played at "Saint Something" down in Delaware and "Fairleigh Ridiculous" up in Madison, but we ain't never played at no finishing school like this. This is a mistake, we don't belong here. These people are different.
Frank Ridgeway: I'm telling you they're gonna eat us up. They're just a bunch of ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Slumber Party Massacre II (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Summer Nights
Written by John Cafferty (uncredited)
Performed by John Cafferty (lead vocal and guitar), Michael 'Tunes' Antunes (saxophone), Gary Gramolini (guitar), Robert Nicholas Cotoia (piano), Patrick Lupo (bass), Kenny Jo Silva (drums)
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This movie is addictive.
29 November 1998 | by Peach-2See all my reviews

I saw this movie when my family first got cable television. I watched it once, then twice, then the next thing I know I had watched it about 30 times. The story is well told through flashbacks and current events. the casting is good. Michael Pare is Eddie Wilson. Every time I have seen him since, that's the first thing I think about. Tom Berenger is also very good. His character starts out as naive and innocent and then begins to grow as we grow with him. This movie is totally addictive.


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